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Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Politics, Secularism | 0 comments

A Worthwhile Petition: Stop Two Iranian Executions


Maryam Namazie has recently (1, 2, 3) been trying to garner support for two Kurdish cousins, sentenced in Iran to death by hanging:

On 22 December 2009, Judge Salavati of Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Zanyar and Loghman Moradi to death by public hanging on charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God) and “murder of the Marivan Friday Imam’s son.” The two men were then transferred to Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, where they later wrote letters alleging they had been tortured in prison and forced to make false confessions. The Supreme Court upheld their sentences in full in January 2012. [Source]

According to Zanyar:

The torturers told us that if we did not confess to everything they told us that they would rape us and we just signed whatever they put in front of us. And now we are waiting for the hanging rope of death while standing or hanging on the streets of Tehran or Urūmiyeh (where we were born). [Source – see  linked petition]


I signed the petition to EU Foreign Affairs, and I hope you will too. I oppose the death penalty whatever the crime, but with cases like this (where the convictions seem to be on very shaky ground) whatever your views on the death penalty it is really worth taking a minute to help the petition reach its goal, just in case it makes a difference.

After collectively failing Alexander Aan, let’s not this time be distracted from helping those in dire need.